ELECTION Tag

Freetown (AFP) The results of Sierra Leone’s run-off presidential vote are “expected” by Thursday after a delay due to disagreements over the method of counting, the National Electoral Commission announced. The outcome of the March 31 ballot — pitting opposition challenger Julius Maada Bio against the ruling All Peoples’ Congress (APC) candidate Samura Kamara — was due to be announced at the start of the week. But the commission had to “briefly” interrupt the counting of the ballots after a dispute over the method of tallying results, the NEC said.Read More
French ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy was detained for questioning on Tuesday over allegations the late Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi financed his 2007 election campaign, including with suitcases stuffed with cash, a source close to the inquiry told AFP.Read More
Cairo (AFP) President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi urged Egyptians on Wednesday to vote in next week’s election to show they are in charge, a day after he denied any role in excluding his rivals. The incumbent will stand in the March 26-28 vote against a sole candidate whose half-hearted campaign poses no threat, after more heavyweight rivals were sidelined or detained. “I need you because the journey is not over,” Sisi told a mostly female audience in a speech. “I need every lady and mother and sister, please, I need theRead More
French ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy was detained for questioning on Tuesday over allegations the late Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi financed his 2007 election campaign, including with suitcases stuffed with cash, a source close to the inquiry told AFP.Read More
French ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy was detained for questioning on Tuesday over allegations that late Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi financed his 2007 election campaign, including with suitcases stuffed with cash, a source close to the inquiry told AFP.Read More
French ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy was taken into police custody Tuesday and questioned over allegations that late Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi financed his 2007 election campaign via suitcases stuffed with cash, a source close to the inquiry told AFP.Read More
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was taken into police custody on Tuesday for questioning over suspected Libyan financing of his 2007 election campaign, a source close to the inquiry told AFP.Read More
Rome (AFP) Italian international footballer Mario Balotelli has blasted the country’s first black senator, who was elected in Sunday’s general ballot for the far-right, anti-immigrant League party. Balotelli, who was born in Palermo to Ghanaian parents and has played 33 times for Italy, has long been a target for racist abuse. He took to Instagram to target Nigerian-born Tony Iwobi, who was elected in the northern industrial city of Brescia — a major immigration hub. “Maybe I’m blind or maybe they haven’t told him that he’s black yet. Disgrace!” BalotelliRead More
Rome (AFP) A right-wing coalition shepherded by ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is capitalising on anti-immigrant feeling in the lead up to Italy’s general elections on March 4. Here are four sets of facts about common complaints, misconceptions and other aspects of immigration in Italy: – ‘Too many of them’ – Italy’s national statistics institute Istat says that there are five million foreigners legally resident in Italy. That’s 8.3 percent of the country’s population of 60.5 million. More than 690,000 migrants, most from Sub-Saharan Africa, have arrived by boat from LibyaRead More
Nairobi (AFP) Tanzania’s main opposition party Saturday accused police of shooting dead a female university student and seriously injuring at least four other people while trying to disperse a peaceful demonstration in the country’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam. The local police have admitted a person was hit after they fired warning shots on Friday but accused some protesters of throwing stones. The first-year university student, whose name and photo have circulated on social media, was struck by a bullet while on a bus the day before a fiercely contestedRead More